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Block-to-Block Sequence

The overall structure of the Headache Expert System is enforced by the logical ordering on a set of blocks, each of which is associated with a set of questions. The above example shows the questions associated with Block6.

The blocks are represented as subsets of Patients. When the patient is asserted to be in a given block, the rules associated with that block are fired, as if-added rules triggered by (isa ?p Blockn). When the block is complete, (isa ?p Blockn+1) is asserted. Thus, the patient accumulates membership in an increasing set of blocks. Membership is never retracted.

(:taxonomy (Patients
               . . .
               . . . ))

This control structure works provided that the blocks are organized in a loop-free transition net, rather a general finite-state machine. The strategy is consistent with the monotonic nature of Algernon, where information is only accumulated.

Micheal S. Hewett
Tue Oct 29 10:54:13 CST 1996